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Book Review ~ The Fragrance of Crushed Violets by Cathy Bryant

About the Book

The Fragrance  of Crushed VioletsWhat do we do when a loved one, boss, co-worker, friend, or enemy seem determined to bring us down through an attack? How do we handle it when their assault is personal, public, deep, unjust, unfair, and unfounded? Take it one step further. How do we deal with meaningless acts of destruction and death, say in something similar to the Twin Towers incident or a school shooting, especially when the offender shows no remorse? Do we rack it up to “one more senseless act” and chance to think that God somehow messed up? In short, how do we move past the hurt and anger to a place of forgiveness? Join in as we examine relevant scriptures about forgiveness and come away with a more scripturally-accurate understanding of: what forgiveness is and what it isn’t God’s role in the process of forgiveness what Jesus did at the cross for each of us our mandate to forgive as we’ve been forgiven what gets in the way of forgiving others how to truly forgive”


Christian/Non-fiction/Devotional/Study Guide


**** (4 Stars)


This is a book that approaches the topic of forgiveness in a gentle but poignant way. Using Scripture, the first chapters define what forgiveness really is from God’s point of view, even disputing some skewed perceptions of it that exist among Christians. Simply put, this guide tells what forgiveness is, what it isn’t, what God expects from us and why He does, the roles the three persons of the Trinity have to play, as well as create a platform that will allow readers to either meditate individually or discuss as a group. This guide encourages soul searching to a level that isn’t always pleasant because it raises the mirror to see the ugliness on the inside, but does so ultimately with the intent to pass across the message of the true purpose of forgiveness and its subsequent benefits.

This guide is easy to follow, and to my belief, can be used by counselors as part of their material. Some of its teachings may be familiar to the average Christian, but there are those with lessons that take deeper study to uncover—gems. Either way, this guide reminds, and takes the topic of forgiveness to a higher level.

*Although I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. My thanks to the author, Cathy Brant, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Also, my apologies to you, Cathy, for taking this long to publish this review. Thank you so much for the opportunity to read this book!


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About the Author


Cathy Bryant author photoCathy Bryant’s first novel, TEXAS ROADS , a 2009 ACFW Genesis finalist and Amazon Kindle best-seller is available free for subscribers: She’s added four more books to the popular Miller’s Creek novels, the latest being A BRIDGE UNBROKEN . Cathy also writes Bible studies and devotionals. A Texas gal by birth, Cathy now lives in the lovely Sangre de Cristo mountains with her minister husband of over thirty years. Learn more about Cathy at

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